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My Friend Dahmer
3.89
it was amazing
The artist mostly known as “Derf” was a bit of a mystery during my tenure at the Cleveland Scene and Free Times. He was the guy behind the coolest com ...more
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Nov 04, 2012
 
Gone Girl
4.03
it was amazing
You don’t really need me to tell you to read Gone Girl. It’s this year’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” with all the appropriate zeitgeist.

But if you’
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Nov 15, 2012
 
The Captive Condition
2.77
it was amazing
Let’s get this part out of the way: this is a breakthrough novel, one that makes a career. It’s a book that forces the reader to consider the author b ...more
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Jun 15, 2015
 
Ready Player One
4.31
really liked it
I will give any book a chance if the author owns a DeLorian. And Ready Player One, by uber-geek Ernest Cline, did not disappoint.

If you don’t know alr
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Mar 20, 2012
 
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
It’s been awhile since I’ve come across a concept so tight and perfect that I had to immediately seek out the book and devour it. But when I heard the ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
3.81
really liked it
I loves me some Dan Brown. I do. Not because he’s a great writer. He isn’t. But because he is a great storyteller. When I get together with my writer ...more
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Jul 21, 2013
 
Joyland
3.90
really liked it
Ever since completing the Dark Tower saga, I get a sense that Uncle Steve is just having fun. His post-Tower books stand on their own the way his earl ...more
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Jul 14, 2013
 
The Dead Key
3.79
it was amazing
A must-read for any native NE Ohio mystery lover and a great read or any fan of the genre.

I gave it a fifth star because Pulley set a couple scenes in
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Sep 07, 2015
 
The Ballad of Black Tom
3.92
really liked it
Wonderful little novel. It was fun to step into the world of Lovecraft once again, from the perspective of an African-American protagonist. Even Lovec ...more
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Jun 07, 2016
 
The Wind Through the Keyhole
4.15
it was amazing
I finished reading the last page of The Dark Tower series on a flight into Bangor, in 2004. I cried. I had come to know Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, ...more
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Apr 23, 2012
 
Koko
3.55
it was amazing
Found this novel staring at me from the shelf of a used book store about a year ago. I picked it up, saw it was a first edition, and decided I had not ...more
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Jul 23, 2011
 
Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories
3.85
really liked it
Confession: This book falls outside my comfort zone. It does not have monsters or time travel or time traveling monsters. There were a couple reasons ...more
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Mar 09, 2012
 
Stoner
4.28
it was amazing
Brilliant little novel. A forgotten classic. Read it right away.
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Dec 30, 2016
 
The Long Tomorrow
3.62
it was amazing
Every once in a while, you visit a used bookstore and happen across a forgotten classic. In May, I drove through the little town of Kinsman, Ohio, on ...more
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Jun 24, 2011
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was amazing
A handful of stories have changed my life and every time I find one I worry that it might be the last.

These are stories that inspired me to write bett
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Jan 27, 2014
 
Ill Will
3.36
it was amazing
Chaon is at the top of his game, here. If you loved Await Your Reply, you will savor Ill Will. And you will question your own memories long after.
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Mar 15, 2017
 
The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)
4.20
it was amazing
Fantastic end to a great series. And the Fanning backstory reads like a new mini Franzen novel on its own. Well done!
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Aug 28, 2016
 
The End of Eternity
4.21
really liked it
I love going back to the classics. It’s fun to see what inspired modern-day novelists and screenwriters when they were kids. The End of Eternity, by I ...more
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Dec 06, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
I really don’t need to tell you to read this. Most likely, you already have. I’m coming to the games a bit late, myself.

What the hell took you so long
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Jan 05, 2012
 
The Turn of the Screw
3.45
really liked it
Drove out to Manhattan last week to speak with my editor about a new novel (more on that soon). The trip is a rough seven hours East on I-80 and there ...more
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Oct 23, 2012
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.80
liked it
Couldn't finish. 200 pages in and nothing much is happening. Beautiful writing, but the pacing isn't working for me. I am giving three stars because I ...more
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Nov 14, 2016
 
The Dog Stars
3.91
liked it
What is it with post-apocalyptic novelist feeling the need to go all Cormac McCarthy with their voice? Nobody will ever do it as well as ol’ Cormac di ...more
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Sep 13, 2013
 
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
4.02
it was ok
I don’t give up on a book easily. I can count on one hand the times this has happened. But this book and I have come to a parting of the ways. And thi ...more
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May 11, 2012
 
Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book One
4.36
it was amazing
Just finished all five books. What a wonderfully plotted story. Some beautiful commentary on the human condition, wrapped around a fantastical story a ...more
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Feb 27, 2017
 
Revival
3.75
really liked it
His best since Lisey's Story -- an homage to Lovecraft and the masters of horror.
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Jun 14, 2015
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
it was amazing
All good things must come to an end.

Finished Mockingjay last night around 2 a.m. because the last 75 pages grabbed me tight and wouldn’t let go until
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Jan 26, 2012
 
Travels
3.94
it was amazing
I think I first saw the cover of this book when I was about 13 and the mystery of it grabbed me even then. It’s a hard to find book. Not as popular as ...more
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Jun 09, 2013
 
Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)
3.76
it was amazing
The Avengers of the Vampire Chronicles. Every returns to fight an old evil. I read it with a smile on my face the whole time. I've missed Lestat.
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Feb 28, 2015
 
Defending Jacob
3.97
it was ok
Well written. But basically just grief porn and parental paranoia. Not my thing.
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Jul 06, 2012
 
Wolf in White Van
3.72
really liked it
Every sentence is a gem. A bit nihilistic and cold. But also beautiful.
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Feb 28, 2015
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